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Life on the Water

Boating at the Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport is one of the liveliest museums in Chesapeake Country. There’s always something going on, from kid’s programs to lighthouse tours to concerts to the museum’s annual get-down Boatyard Beach Bash. Throw in a dock where you can fish, tie your boat, launch your kayak and see the best view of the Bay from Annapolis: Here’s a place well worth a visit. The museum is worth visiting now for three exhibits, each with a different slant on life on the water.

Newly Renovated U.S. Naval Academy Museum

Stories of ships, midshipmen and academy graduates in peace and war

There’s a new museum in town and it’s a good one — especially if you like ships and stories of adventure, exploration and war. The United States Naval Academy Museum reopened in August with a completely renovated building and brand new exhibits. Now everything in the museum has context.

Confessions of a
Duck Captain

My passengers were the oddest
ducks of all

A certified Coast Guard captain, I was at the wheel of a D.C. Duck, an amphibious World War II-era vehicle converted for use as a tour mobile.

Indeed, I was on the verge of slamming my seven-ton, all-steel Duck into two fiberglass boats to bring it ashore at a public boat ramp along the Potomac River.

A Sailing Town

Rosemary Williams’ Maritime Annapolis

Sailors tell stories. They even tell true stories.

Rosemary Freitas Williams, a sailor and writer, tells a number of true stories in her first book, Maritime Annapolis, A History of Watermen, Sails & Midshipmen.

She tells stories of sailors, merchants, shipwrights, fish sellers, watermen, oyster packers, pleasure boaters, naval officers and midshipmen.

“This is the first book with all aspects of Annapolis maritime history,” Williams said.

Hybrid Powerboats: Their Time Is Now

See if you can find one of these at the boatshow

The 24-foot Endeavor Green Electric Hybrid can run all day on an electric charge that costs only 11 cents and generates no emissions, kicking into a small diesel generator only if the boat’s eight batteries run dry. When owners can charge the batteries via solar or wind power, the boats have a zero carbon footprint.

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Dock of the Bay

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Our hapless neighbors: Cops reel in transient at transom . . .

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